Red Poppy | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Perhaps no country embraces the use of fruit in beers more so than Belgium. Numerous traditional as well as regional specialty ales are infused with every sort of fruit imaginable. In this way, the flavor of the fruit becomes especially prominent.

Red Poppy Ale is a veritable celebration of Sour Cherries in an explosion of aromas and tastes. Brewed from a brown ale base and aged in our oak barrels for over 6 months, this beer is not for the faint of heart.

The Golden Poppy is the state flower of California and the Red Poppy is found in Flanders Fields where our inspiration for this beer comes from.

Added by BeerBeing on 09-07-2007

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours slightly hazy ruby/brown color with large bubbles forming when poured. Very little retention and very small bits of lace forms.

S: Nice sour cherry straight away with a little bit of oak, vanilla, and vinegar.

T: Again, lots of sour cherry, it dominates the flavor profile. Underneath there is a good bit of oak and a little vanilla. Rather sweet with a great level of sourness. A touch of vinegar.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very easy drinking.

O: Big fan of this beer, and of the style in general. Very easy drinking, would have no problem drinking this one again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Thanks to Nate for the bottle!

Needed a corkscrew to pry this baby open. Loud POP as the cork jumped from the neck, no gushing but tons of carbonation.

Nose has oak barrels, sour cherries, funk, a little peaty too. Oak dominates the flavor with sour cherries right behind. Massive carbonation significantly detracts from the experience. Glad I tried this, but won't be seeking it out again.

*** Update 7/14/2012 ***

Just opened my first 2012 vintage and couldn't believe it was the same beer. This year's is significantly better to the point where I'm surprised it's even the same beer. I'd give the '12 somewhere in the 4.15 range.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date, but I would assume it is from the latest vintage.

Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up with this one, it has been on my 'must try' list for years!

Appearance: The cork shot out as soon as the cage is undone, but thankfully the gush was very slow and not a drop was spilled.
The body is a deep, murky brown and displays red edges when held to the light. A gentle pour yields a massive, off white head that sadly fizzes away pretty quickly, leaving only a few small patches of lace.

Smell: Wow, this smells absolutely delicious! The nose almost seems to be a cross between that of a Flanders red and an Oud Bruin. Tart cherries, balsamic vinegar and old oak dominate the nose, with light earthy funk, red wine and a touch of spices also present. As the beer warms the brown ale base becomes apparent with notes of spiced dark fruit and a touch of toasted malt.

Taste: Wow, this is far tarter than I was expecting - it even causes a light puckering sensation! As with the nose, the flavour is made up of notes that I associate with both Red Ales and Oud bruins. Notes include: Tart cherries (although a touch of sweetness is noted on occasion), balsamic vinegar, old oak, a mineral/metallic character (typical of Flanders Red Ales), light funk, underlying spiced dark fruit and brown malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a medium-high level of fairly smooth carbonation. Red Poppy is quite a lot tarter than I expected and yields light mouth puckering.

Overall: Flanders Reds are one of my favorite beer styles and Red Poppy is right up there with the best Belgian renditions. I will certainly have to make a point of getting a few more bottles of this!

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